Grateful Dead Live at Alpine Valley Music Theatre on 1987-06-26
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AUD> Nakamichi 300 microphones> Sony D5 deck> master cassette; Playback/CD Transfer: Master cassette played on Denon DRM740 and fed to Tascam CDRW700; Recorded, transferred by Scott Bille; Eac(secure)> Shn by Greg Kerbel; Seeded through the 80's Audience Perma-Tree, BUDD, Philzone; see flaw notes in info file
- 2004-07-12 09:39:15
- Master cassette played on Denon DRM740 and fed to Tascam CDRW700; Recorded, transferred by Scott Bille; Eac(secure)> Shn by Greg Kerbel; Seeded through the 80's Audience Perma-Tree, BUDD, Philzone; see flaw notes in info file
- East Troy, WI
Subject: Great show great scene
Subject: Alpine Dead
Subject: My favorite show!
Subject: 2nd Show!.
I had, just the previous night, with a (then) close friend plus a somewhat distant cousin & his wife who drove us, attended a Dead Show in Minneapolis (where I grew up, before moving to CA in '96), at the now-gone Met Center (which is now where the temple to consumerism in US is: Mall of America). Anyway, my "friend" and I, went to the Mpls. show, I was 16 then & it was my 1st Dead show. Then, after the show, we were supposed to meet my cousin & his wife, who had this old, but bitchin' orange van -we finally found 'em & then proceeded from there, to an all-night road trip from Mpls. to East Troy, WI (with a stop at another mutual relative of mine-a son of a cousin of my dad's, at whose place we stopped in at & smoked a joint, had a beer, etc). Also, the thing, was, the 'friend' of mine & I had each taken a good amount of acid & so were trippin' our brains out, so, basically, the whole road trip, all night, we were wide awake, cuz of the acid. Then, in the early AM we pulled into E. Troy, WI, a cute, picture-postcard small town w/this town square, where the lone diner, barber shop and whatever else a typical town would have -and also, just on the outskirts of E Troy, on "Main Line Rd" there was 1 Supermarket, at which everyone (all the invading Deadheads) would frequent to stock up on beer, liquor, food, etc.-But, basically, this was a very tiny, no-doubt tight-knit community (thank god it wasn't in the South!!) & I imagine that, since the Dead up until certain townspeople had had enough of the wild partying freaks from all over the US coming to their town each year and the Dead got banned from Alpine Valley: which was such a great spot: once U got into the parking area, on the AV property, you,basically, entered this enclosed city, almost: no cops, no "authority", etc, which enabled various entrepreneurs to walk around w/coolers full of import beers, selling them 4 a buck or 2 each, others, roaming around, saying "doses...sheets", but, for some reason, at least the times we were there, there was always a dearth of pot available for sale. Anyway, besides that, you could park your car, then whether it was a big van, a sedan, a camper or whatnot, you could be sitting around, drinking as much as you wanted, smoking whatever you wanted-all w/out any fear of intrusion/busts,etc by any cops! It was pure paradise! And the thing about the tiny town of East Troy, WI, was, that, each summer, when the Dead came for a string of 3-4 shows, the size of the town, when you count the Deadheads, probably rose 500%-and think about how much income that generated for places like that cute, little diner where we ate a delicious breakfast the morning we arrived, the money that was spent at that supermarket, on beer, chips, no doubt steaks, chicken & other things concertgoers got for BBQ-ing, etc - so, one thing they could always count on, which would, probably generate, at least, if not more, a year or 2's worth of budget for a little hamlet like that! Anyway, I had great fun-I was only able to stay that year for 1 show, cuz my cousin had to get back to Mpls to go back to work, but as for 88-I really don't remember, but I know that, in 89, a few friends & I all drove there and got tix for all 3 or 4 of the shows for those Alpine shows. One the next time I got up to Alpine was in 1991, to see a great show of The Jerry Garcia Band, which, was Jerry, Rob Wasserstein, Bob Weir, Merl Saunders and a few other friends. It was, unfortunately, in a lot of ways, but as for room -it was great- much more sparsely attended, but the show was great! Anyway, I really miss those Alpine Valley days. That was in late teens- best days of my life!!!
Subject: Jimmy Row!!!
2nd set - Pre-drums is excellent - love Brent's crazy f/x on China Cat....what's up with that laughing Hyena-Jam post-Eyes? Healy, what a card...
Post-Space the show is rather routine - take it or leave it. It's all done well enough, I guess, but it's just not terribly interesting. Bobby sounds a little too excited on Sugar Magnolia, fwiw...
Subject: Brent and Bralove
Subject: A smoker of a show 25 years hence
Subject: My First show
Subject: best show of the run
Subject: The Alpine that Saved Me
Oh crap...I almost forgot about the hyenas, lions and other jungle fun coming out of Eyes.
Subject: Dozin in the rain
Subject: sax was Brent
Subject: Cuh-mon! Donnaruinedthe70's and Capn Doubledose!!
Donnaruinedthe70's - Live dead is a very personal thing. Art evokes personal opinion that is neither right nor wrong. Two different people can come out of the same show with completely different opinions. It's personal opinion.
Captn. "The bitch that bore you" I've come to expect a little mopre from your reviews.
Let's respect one another for their experiences and point of view. It's that simple.
One star is for the interaction
Subject: bad edits
btw, if you put china cat-rider at the end of disc one it all fits on 2 discs.
Subject: Crucial junction that paved the road ahead.
It continuied to be that way till the end. But 1997 was the calm before the storm. The last Intimate experience with 20,000 people. The golf course was where they wanted you to put your tents. It was really peacful becuse everyone was so spread out and comfortable. It was an amazing mass of fans from the very roots of the Deads huge sucess that was on the horizon. I am honored to have had this amazing introduction to what would become an incredibly important part of my life...my soul...for the next 9 years and quite frankly almost 20 years latter it's still one of my most cherished and respected things in my life. I love a ton of music but this stuff is always there like a rock.
Now why this show was really important.
My first Acid experience. Holly fuck...you know that is just a huge step. I took it at set break and it came on fairly quickly. I had done shrooms so I wasn't completely green. The music was so intense but I easily lost focus and was checking out the scene around me. Observing the world in a whole new light. Wow! Sometimes it's too intense. A little scary. Acid is intense shit. I would never see the world quite the same again. Awesome! In my 70 shows I did acid or mushrooms 4 or 5 times. They were all interesting to say the least. I prefered to be in my own state of mind and really get high on the music. It was the best high. I was addictid. I spent all my college money on shows and gas. Wow, I had it good. We had it good!
When we left the show we ventured out on our long journey to our car it was pretty far but it seemed like we had trekked the Saharah to get there. We took a short cut. The three of us all came to a stop in front of what looked like a massive crater. We all dropped to our knees and in a dumbfounded way reached into this enourmous gap in the ground.....Wholly shit bro's.....It's a sand trap...a bunker! None of us highly educated young men even considered it. That was the most insane part of the night but you should have seen us try to errect an old 70's tent latter that night. It was rediculiculous. What a great memory.
All that said it's a steller show. This is the begining of the deads great late 90's era.
Subject: great show
Jerry's "Northbound Train" line on this particular China>Rider gives me chills every time. The remainder of the second set is perfect....God I miss this band with every fiber of my existence.
IMHO, a 5 star performance without a doubt, but not a very good recording, hence the 4 star rating.
Subject: We climed then garbage heap.
Subject: Best show of the month. A triumphant return to our nation's heartland, a Full vigorous, virile presentation that 'we can still shake the tailfeathers off your touche'
1st Set: The energy si crackling both ways with a perky "Stranger." This version is very well-drawn out...very similiar to the '89 Alpine version made famous by the VHS/DVD release. There is a 20 second pause before they fully commit to "Franklin's." It's reaassuring; the drummers are actually in synch and thereby allowing the audience to clap along, if they so wished. Strong version, better than the one @ the Greek a week ago. "Walkin" is a tad more lost than the Greek's version, but it's still not bad. "Row" is effortlessly played. "Tons" is appropriately called. "Push" is standard, but because the energy is smiley, it's not immediately discarded. The boys continue to thrill me as their growth is evident on this successfully attempted 7 minute plus "Cassidy." Concluding the set with "Deal" is the obvious choice; it's not fantabulous, but certainly is pleasant.
2nd Set: Alright, who's the wild sax man? Anyways, "China" is short but intense and rages well into "Rider" Anyone who asserts this is the finest 'China/Rider' ever is absolutely loony since the one in '89, again on DVD/VHS, is far more thrilling. That isn't to say that this 'Rider' isn't '87 thrilling as everyone in the Amphitheatre was singing along, with the band every step of the way. "Estimated" is triumphant, not whacked out crazy, but a firm validation as to why we listen to show after show, even through less-heralded years like '87. "Eyes" lacks an attractive intro but as 'EStimated' Brent adds a warm synth which underlines the humanity of Jerry's singing. "Drums/Space" are typical. "Gimme" sounds large and vital tonight, kinda like that famed June in '89... AS Brent does an exciting 'Gloria' tease as the lengthy version winds down, Jerry fluidly winds the song into "The Wheel" everyone's clapping and smiling. With the approach of "Watchtower. it's evident this band is ready for stadiums. "Black" is fine, but really just a warm-up to the explosive final one-two punch of "Around" and "Sugar." Wow! one should become exhausted after dancing to all of this wonderful rock and roll.
We encore with a hit-worthy "Touch." This crowd does Not want this to be a one-encore show, and perhpas to calm them down a ballad should be played to soothe their hearts til tomorrow.
3 & 3/4s show.
Subject: Never had such a good time
Subject: Hot show
Not sure where that hostility comes from and why it is directed to me for giving this show a 5. Check the board here you are the only 3, while 7 gave this a 5. Moreover almost as many mentioned China>Rider by name as saying this was one of the best of the 80's. I suggest you grow up, check the number of shows I have listened to here as well as the others and stop playing with yourself. Merri was not a trainwreck but I am sure the bitch that bore you is.
Man when they were on, they were on. This is a great show with a tremendous punch. The china cat>rider is a doozy and it sounds like someone is on sax though db does not list anyone.
I will say the 6/20/83 Merriweather was a memorable china cat and worth a listen though Jerry takes it an octave higher here than I remember hearing before.
A little anecdote about this song - whenever I hear a hot version I think of a time I was stuck in some all day drizzle on the Allagash River canoeing by myself in Northern Maine and as I paddled along I sang that at the top of my lungs and was filled with complete peace trucking downstream 30 miles from the nearest town on a gray miserable day with the just the otters and bald eagles among the evergreens - This is why I stick around here....
Thanks LMA I had never heard this before.
Subject: great aud recording...
Subject: 87 Alpine Run
Subject: PGAdave I agree with you
Subject: The Magic of Alpine
China>Rider one of the all time bests with simulated locomotive headlights roaring through the crowd during Jerry's "Wish I were a headlight verse."
Watchtower, Gimme Some Lovin and Jerry waving off Brent attempt at Gloria with a powerful wheel, gives me chills just writing about it.
Whoever said the late 80's were all downhill for the boys should listen again.
Subject: oh what a night
Subject: Jungle Sounds!!
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